This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: January 27

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Kentucky Congressman James Proctor Knott delivers the speech "The Glories of Duluth" in Congress, mocking the city in an effort to defeat a bill granting land to the St. Croix and Lake Superior Railroad. Duluth's citizens appreciate the free publicity, however, and the town of Proctor is named for him.


Grand Portage National Monument, established by Congress in 1958 and located within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation, is dedicated when Secretary of the Interior Fred A. Seaton accepts the site from the Grand Portage Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. The eight-and-a-half-mile Gichi Onigamiing (the Great Carrying Place) near the mouth of the Pigeon River was a major gateway into the interior of North America for exploration, trade, and commerce.